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An indispensable guide. ... The author is at her best focusing on economic, social and culture history — she makes deft use of Hebrew literature to illuminate her points, and she succinctly captures the zeitgeist of the times.
Shapira’s Israel has many strengths ... that go hand in hand with her rapid, suggestive illumination of themes.
—Jewish Review of Books
A fascinating new one-volume history of Israel by the eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira explains Arab thinking about partition back in 1947 and the many other unexpected and real events that have comprised Israel’s history from the beginnings of the Zionist movement in the 1890s through the second intifada in 2001. Unlike other histories that often tell Israel’s story by jumping from one war to the next, this one, called “Israel: A History” (Brandeis University Press), captures the nation’s diversity and cultural richness along with its existential struggles.
This is surely a much-needed primer for an English-language audience that is often unaware of the intricacies of the country’s social past, knowing only about the battles and intifadas that seem to make up its history. ... Shapira’s accessible survey of Israeli history provides a thought-provoking text for those unfamiliar with the Jewish state.
ANITA SHAPIRA is a professor emerita at Tel Aviv University. An internationally acclaimed scholar with a special interest in social and cultural history, Shapira has published pathbreaking studies on the history of Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, and the state of Israel.